Joining UKNEST

UKNEST is open to public and private organisations with substantial interests in naval engineering, science and technology.


1. Introduction

The UKNEST Forum was founded in 2005 to promote the Engineering, Science & Technology interests of UK Naval Defence. The Forum enables a dialogue to focus on topics of mutual importance across the Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy, Defence Equipment & Support and the Defence Science & Technology Laboratories) and UK Industry.

2. Mission & Objectives

The mission for UKNEST is to ensure a Naval Defence sector that “….thrives through great people and superior technology”.

The key Objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum where representative individuals can meet on an equal professional basis to discuss matters of interest or concern to the UKNEST community.
  • Influence training, education and professional development organizations with strategic advice on the needs of the UKNEST community.
  • Influence Government research and development initiatives in areas of technology that are important to the Naval sector.
  • Provide a representative focus for influencing Government/industry initiatives that will impact the UKNEST community.
  • Communicate the achievements and special interests of the Naval Defence sector to appropriate audiences that include the general public (to raise awareness), potential recruits, leaders of industry and government led initiatives.
  • Strengthen the collegiate spirit within the UK NEST community reflecting the shared interests between individuals and organizations.

3. Membership

Membership of UKNEST is open to public and private organisations with substantial interests in the naval engineering, science and technology intellectual base, and significant UK professional assets.

The annual subscription (2015) is £6,000.

Membership provides representation on the UKNEST Programme Board.

Representatives will speak on behalf of their companies and will not seek to influence the actions of UK NEST or other Member organization for their self-interests.

Membership of UKNEST is on a “one organization, one Representative” basis, except where the Programme Board approves multiple membership for an organization whose structure suggests that more than one representative might be appropriate. In this circumstance multiple membership fees would be payable.

UKNEST is maintained on a not-for-profit basis with annual membership fees set at a level to permit execution of the Forum’s activity.

Members fund the full cost of their own participation at meetings etc.

The current members are:

  • Atlas Elektronik UK
  • Babcock International
  • BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, Submarines and Marine Services
  • BMT Defence Services
  • Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • GE Power Conversion
  • Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST)
  • L3 Marine Services
  • Leonardo
  • Lloyds Register
  • Matchtech
  • Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
  • QinetiQ
  • Rolls Royce
  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
  • Royal Navy (RN)
  • Saab
  • Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA)
  • Thales UK
  • Wärtsilä

4. Operating Model

The Forum operates under the direction of a Programme Board whose agenda is set through a separate Coordinating Group whose members are co-opted by the Chair and/or nominated through the Members.  The leaders of the Working Groups are permanent members of the Coordinating Group.

The Forum delivers through a number of Working Groups that address specific areas of interest.  The Working Groups draw their representation from across the Members with nominated leaders.

The day-to-day functioning of the Forum is facilitated through the Working Groups Chairs and the Executive Coordinator.

5. Current Working Groups

  • People
  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Year of Engineering 2018

6. External Representation

The Chairman is a member of the UK Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC) Steering Group, which is chaired jointly by the Minister for BIS and an Industry leader.  The UKNEST Chairman also acts as the Naval Sector chair of MILC.

Working Group leaders represent UKNEST as appropriate, interfacing actively with organisations that include: MILC  Working Groups, the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP), Universities, MoD – Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems (CMIS), Innovate UK, and Maritime Innovation UK

UKNEST is a partner in the DfT Year of Engineering – 2018 initiative and the Chairman is a member of the Partners Board.

7. FutureNEST

In addition to the principal UKNEST Forum, there is an ad hoc, organic organization (FutureNEST) that has evolved through the graduate trainees within the Members.  FutureNEST provides additional resources for the development of specific initiatives in support of the Working Groups.  Each Member organization will normally provide between 1 and 3 graduate representatives

8.For further details contact the secretary